Broken or missing teeth affect more than your smile – pain, sensitivity and difficulty in chewing may impact your choices in food and nutrition and missing teeth may cause other teeth to move, changing their alignment and your bite. Advanced restorative materials help us custom fit you with veneers, bridges and dental crowns at Alliston Kind Dentistry that restore both the appearance and the function of damaged or missing teeth. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
What Causes Damage to the Teeth?
The conditions inside the mouth provide a very severe environment for the teeth. Not only is the inside of the mouth at a constant high temperature of 37 degrees Celsius but it is also bathed in saliva. Saliva keeps the mouth continuously moist but it is also loaded with aggressive bacteria. On top of this, the muscles of the jaw are some of the strongest in the entire body, transmitting a tremendous amount of force to the teeth. With all of these factors combined with our modern diet of carbohydrates (which bacteria love) and acidic foods, it is not surprising that teeth experience a tremendous amount of wear and tear which becomes apparent in fractures and tooth decay.
Restorative Materials that Look & Feel Natural
With the development of modern restorative materials and techniques, we are able to safely and comfortably restore teeth. Traditionally, the restorative material of choice was dental amalgam which is a metal alloy comprised of many different components. We still occasionally use amalgam as it provides a reliable and inexpensive restoration. However, most of our restorations today are done in a white restorative material.
Two types of white restorative materials exist, composite resin and glass ionomer. The composite resins are very strong and aesthetically superior while the glass ionomers are very adhesive to tooth structure providing a very comfortable restoration with very low risk of decay around the restoration. Both of our white filling materials have the advantage of allowing us to be very conservative in our removal of tooth structure as they are chemically bonded to the underlying tooth.
With our expanding options inf restorative materials, we are able to select which one is best for each particular situation. This has given us the ability to more safely and reliably repair teeth, providing our patients with strong and aesthetically pleasing restorations.
Your dentist will be happy to discuss which restorative material best fits your needs!
A crown is a type of dental restoration which completely covers the exposed tooth structure in the mouth. Once completed, the crown will sit atop the tooth and help protect it from both fractures and decay. It is bonded to the underlying tooth structure using a dental cement.
A crown can be made of several materials including metal, porcelain and resin. The most common types of crowns placed today use a combination of these materials to create crowns that are both durable and natural-looking. At Alliston Kind Dentistry, your dentist will prepare the damaged tooth for the crown by cleaning out decay and infection. We then take a mould or impression of the area that the crown will cover and send that to the dental lab for custom fabrication of your crown, a process that usually takes about two weeks. During that time, your tooth will be protected by a temporary crown. When your permanent crown is ready, we will bond it to your damaged tooth; you will then be able to eat, brush and floss normally.
A crown is generally regarded as the strongest, most aesthetically pleasing and most reliable way to replace lost or damaged tooth structure.
A bridge is a dental restoration which can replace missing teeth. Dental bridges utilize the adjacent teeth to support crowns that replace missing teeth. The enamel of the neighboring teeth is reduced by 2mm to provide room for a lab-fabricated porcelain bridge that is permanently cemented in place.
Like crowns, a bridge can be made from a variety of materials, each having their unique advantages and disadvantages. They are coated with porcelain for a natural appearance and can be an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
Dental implants involve the surgical implantation of titanium fixtures in the jawbone. Once fused to the bone, the implants are used to replace missing teeth either by having crowns or bridges cemented onto them, or by supporting and retaining a removable denture.
Unlike fixed prosthetics, which are permanently cemented in the mouth, removable prosthetics are taken in and out as needed. Removable prosthetics consist of complete or partial dentures. Complete dentures replace all the teeth in an arch and partial dentures replace some but not all the teeth
Veneers are an excellent way to revolutionize a smile. Veneers involve removing a thin layer of enamel off the front surfaces of one or more teeth and replacing it with a thin restoration made of porcelain. This is then directly bonded to the tooth/teeth.
Because veneers are made in a dental laboratory, using porcelain, they are extremely strong and have unsurpassed esthetics. They are an excellent way to change the size, shape and overall appearance of your smile.
If you have concerns about damaged or missing teeth, come talk to us about the pros and cons of dentures, implants, veneers, bridges and dental crowns with your Alliston Kind Dentistry dentist. We can discuss your individual needs and questions and create a natural-looking and comfortable solution for you.
A long-lasting and natural-looking solution for missing teeth